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Metastatic pleural tumor

  • Definition

    Metastatic pleural tumor is a type of cancer that has spread from another organ to the thin membrane (pleura) surrounding the lungs.

    Alternative Names

    Tumor - metastatic pleural

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    The blood and lymph systems can carry cancer cells to other organs in the body, where they can produce new growths or tumors. The spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body occurs in 20-40% of patients who are dying of cancer.

    Almost any type of cancer can spread to the lungs. Lung and breast cancers most commonly spread to the lungs.

    Patients who have previously had cancer are at risk for developing metastatic pleural tumors if the cancer was not successfully treated. About 5 out of 10,000 people will get this cancer.